Finance Director

Department/Agency of position: 
Gallatin County Finance Department
Location of position: 
Bozeman, MT
Annual Salary Depends Upon Qualitifactions
Date Posted: 
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Closing Date: 
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Job Description: 

Montana’s fastest-growing county seeks a skilled professional manager to continue its tradition of excellence in local government. Gallatin County is home to a thriving economy, Yellowstone National Park, Montana State University, world-class skiing, and blue-ribbon trout streams. Gallatin County’s 104,000 residents also enjoy local art galleries, historic attractions, farmers markets, museums, performing arts centers, and an international airport with non-stop flights to several destinations on the East and West Coasts as well as the mid-west and Texas. We boast a high rate of home ownership, a highly-rated public school system, and low crime and unemployment rates. 56 percent of Bozeman residents have bachelor’s, graduate or professional degrees compared to 30 percent nationally. With unbeatable weather, notable amenities, and a high quality of life, it is no surprise that Gallatin County is frequently recognized as an ideal place to live. The Government: Gallatin County has a Commission form of government, which operates under general powers granted by the state constitution and statutes. Three Commissioners and seven row officers are elected on a partisan, at-large basis. Commissioners perform executive, legislative, and quasi-judicial functions and are actively engaged in the County‘s business.

The Position: The Finance Director position is an excellent opportunity for a talented professional to make a difference in an organization constantly seeking ways to best provide services to a fast-growing community. This position provides oversight of County financial services (Budgeting, Accounting, Grant Administration and Capital Improvement Planning) and directs, supervises and maintains the county financial records in a professional manner in compliance with federal, state and county laws, rules, regulations and policies; supports the County Administrator, County Commission and Gallatin County in financial recording, analysis and reporting; reviews certified tax valuation; calculates maximum mills allowed and mills to be levied for Gallatin County and all special districts; provides financial services to the public of Gallatin County, the County Commission and Elected Officials, Department Heads and employees of Gallatin County; supervises the preparation of the Annual Financial Report and maintains the County Accounting records in a professional manner, in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Policy’s (GAAP) and the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and the Finance Director supervises the Accounting and Grant offices employees.

The ideal candidate will: • Be experienced & knowledgeable in local government functions; accounting, budgeting and audits for local government • Have extensive experience with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP); Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) standards; computerized budgeting and accounting reporting systems; pertinent federal and state laws, rules and regulations and current principles and practices of budgeting • Be able to research and analyze complex financial data; prepare clear, concise, and timely records, reports and summaries and coordinate and carry out a variety of financial services • Assist and inform the County Commission in preparation of budgets and other matters concerning fiscal management, from Start-Up through Approval along with monthly and quarterly tracking and reporting • Support the Public, County Commission, Elected Officials, Department Heads and County employees in relation to the budget and financial matters • Be a confident self-starter • Be able to apply knowledge in support of the organization and to the benefit of staff and residents alike • Be an engaged coach and mentor, with an inspiring, collaborative and participatory leadership style • Enforce high standards and create and maintain an energized and responsive culture • Be a skilled problem solver • Have a demonstrated ability to build teams, develop goals, and follow-through on projects

Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree in finance, business administration, accounting or a related field; a Master’s Degree is preferred • Six to eight years of experience including management and supervisory experience

The Process: The first review will take place November 16, 2018 (position is open until filled). To apply submit cover letter, resume with at least six references, Gallatin County Employment Application, and Applicant Survey to To maintain confidentiality, references will not be checked until near the end of the process. As a condition of hire, the final candidate will be required to successfully pass a criminal background check and a motor vehicle record check and be insurable under the County’s liability policies. Candidate must possess a valid driver’s license issued by the state of Montana or attain a Montana driver’s license within six months of hire. Questions about the position should be directed to Cynde Hertzog, Human Resources Director at (406) 582-3046 or Gallatin County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Gallatin County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or marital status.

Compensation: Annual salary depends upon qualifications (DOQ). Gallatin County also offers an excellent benefits package including an Optional Health Benefits Plan where premiums for full-time employees are 100% covered by Gallatin County and spouses and families can be added at extremely reasonable rates. Our program also offers limited dental and vision coverage. Employees receive ten (10) paid holidays per year as well as 12 paid days of sick time and 3 weeks of paid vacation time. Gallatin County employees participate in a mandatory retirement plan through the Montana Public Employee Retirement System (PERS). We also offer an optional Deferred Compensation Plan and Flexible Spending Accounts.